4to, ll. ; on silk, two wood-engraved vignettes; small dampstain to gutter at foot, else a very good copy, in rose-coloured silk, border of a floral roll with corner floral ornaments and outer double-fillet, all in silver-gilt (oxidised), central laurel wreath and bow ornament in silver (oxidised), lightly soiled, spine worn with some losses to silk, lower board with a few small stains and partially sunned.
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Opfer de Lieb’ und Freundschaft. Dargebracht dem Konigl. Preuss. Kriegsrath Herrn herrn Friedrich Moritz Helmbrecht wohlgebohren an Seinem Geburstage als am 27. September 1760 von der Gebrüdern Johann Daniel Brandt sen. und Georg Karl Brandt jun.
A luxurious and unusual production, both printed and bound in silk, a commemorative poem commissioned as a special birthday gift by King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia for his military adviser Friedrich Moritz Helmbrecht (1744-97).
A unique edition.
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